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How to Read a Wordless Book - Resources-Shaun Tan and The Arrival

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A wiki with many many links to Shaun Tan's work - articles, teaching ideas and his own website. 

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Halloween Ear Training Insider: Horror Film Music Secrets Uncovered

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What makes a Halloween film score creepy?Turn down the volume on your favorite Halloween horror film and suddenly the movie goes from scary to silly. Why is tha
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Resources to think about how sound and music work with visual texts.  Multimodal elements working together in horror films is powerful. 

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How sampling transformed music

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Sampling isn't about "hijacking nostalgia wholesale," says Mark Ronson. It's about inserting yourself into the narrative of a song while also pushing that story forward. In this mind-blowingly original talk, watch the DJ scramble 15 TED Talks into an audio-visual omelette, and trace the evolution of "La Di Da Di," Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick's 1984 hit that has been reimagined for every generation since.
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Remix explored by  musician and producer Mark Ronson. Multimodal mixing with some hip hop history

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Shvon Clifton's curator insight, September 13, 2015 4:45 PM

Sampling is something that we hear often in music. Taking the sound from an older record and creating something new and different with it is heard throughout music. I think of it as recycling sound and using it to create something total new and with a different vibe. Sampling initially was used because one can hear a sound and it can strike a chord in someone that will inspire them to create something. Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh- La Di Da Di is the fifth most sampled song of all time though sampling wasn’t available when this record was made and released back in 1984. When sampling a previous record there will be copyright issues that an artist or DJ will have to get approval for. Robin Thicke- Blurred Lines is an example of how one should take copyrighting seriously when sampling. The music that we think our favorite artist created and wrote originally may in fact be a sampled record, for example, Tamar Braxton- The One & Notorious BIG- Juicy. The original artist who sound that Tamar and BIG sampled was Mtume- Juicy Fruit. 

Private Student's curator insight, September 13, 2015 6:52 PM

I had a more negative opinion about sampling before I watched this TED Talk. I had the viewpoint that using samples was not very original, at least not in comparison to a creation made from scratch. Mark Ronson's viewpoint is that sampling can allow one to be part of the things they love, even though they didn't create it originally. 

He also explains how using samples of things that were before someone's time, can be a good way to immerse today's listeners into things they didn't get the chance to experience while they were really popular. This changed my viewpoint drastically. Now I view sampling as a history lesson. It can not only inspire others in a similar way that the original inspired others, but also act as a marking to where we have been, and suggest where we might be going.

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Beatboxing 101 - BEAT NYC

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There’s no need for instruments to make music; you can use the greatest instrument of all, your own body. Members of BEAT NYC teach the basics of beatboxing (think trumpets, bass drums, and everything in between), all while driving around New York City picking up a few friends.
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Okay it's about music and beatboxing, all part of multimodal texts, but this is a great little video teaching how to beatbox

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